New Delhi: A day after Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) agreed to an alliance in Uttar Pradesh for the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections 2019, state deputy chief minister, KP Maurya, on Sunday said that people are with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Talking to news agency ANI, KP Maurya said, “Whether SP-BSP ally or not, we have nothing to say on it nor will we be affected. Country is firmly with Modi ji and people want to see him as the PM again.”
On Saturday, SP’s national spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary had said that a formal announcement on the gathbandhan between the two parties is likely later this month.
Meanwhile, SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav had said, “I don’t know if talks have taken place if there is an announcement it will be made by behen Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav.”
Earlier on Friday, media reports had claimed that both the parties have reportedly decided on an equal seat-sharing formula in the crucial state. The SP-BSP would field candidates from 37 seats each, leaving just six seats for the other players of the alliance, including the Congress.
If the seat-sharing reports turn out to be true then it will be a major setback for the Congress, which is “optimistic” of a grand alliance in the state for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. A few days back, Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Raj Babbar told PTI that the people wanted the Opposition to contest the general elections in Uttar Pradesh together.
Earlier in December last year, sources told Zee News that both the parties have agreed on an equal share in seats for the general elections 2019, adding that the Congress would not be a part of the ‘gathbandhan’.